FIFA U-20 World Cup has launched the careers of some of soccer’s top players, like Argentina’s Diego Maradona, voted the 20th century’s best footballer by FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association), and Portugal’s Luís Figo, the FIFA World Player of the Year in 2001. Defender David Edgar, named Canada’s male youth soccer player of the year in February by the Canadian Soccer Association, takes a kick at carrying on the legacy.
This biennial event—second in status only to the FIFA World Cup—is the largest single-sport event ever played in Canada, with players from 24 international teams. A total of 52 tournament matches are being played at six stadiums across Canada. (Victoria, Burnaby, Edmonton, Ottawa and Montreal are the other host cities.)
In Toronto, the event happens at the brand-new soccer stadium, the BMO Field at Exhibition Place (170 Princes Blvd.), which welcomes teams from Canada, Chile, Portugal, New Zealand, Gambia, Mexico and Austria. Among the matches to watch: On July 1, Canada’s 140th birthday, cheer on the home team as they take on Chile. And from July 18 to 22, catch the quarter and semi-finals which determine the top three U-20 soccer teams in the world. Tickets are $12 to $120; call 1-866-662-3452 to buy.